Cross River Emerges CNCF Champions
Choral Festival Ends in Grand Style
Cross River State may be on the move to reclaim its lost Choral glory, as the State Choristers’ Fellowship clinched the first position in the just concluded National Choral Festival, organized by the Christ Natural Choristers Festival, CNCF.
The exercise, which was held on Saturday, 22nd January, 2011, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital was the first of its kind in the history of the Fellowship. The second and third positions went to Taraba and Lagos States respectively.
The two-day event, which literarily kept the State Capital at a stand-still, was attended by about fourteen thousand Choristers from across the Country.
In his speech, Chairman of the Occasion and Bishop of Nigeria, His Lordship, Bishop Samuel Akpan expressed gratitude to the Holy Father for approving that Akwa Ibom takes the first slot in the hosting of the event and prayed Him to continue to guide and bless His Children.
He however commended the CNCF for being able to organize what he described as a very successful event, even as he urged Choristers and indeed, Youth of the Kingdom to be good Ambassadors of Brotherhood.
In her address, representative of the King of kings and Lord of lords and Secretary, General Affairs of Brotherhood, Deaconess Doris Nottidge conveyed the Father’s special pronouncements of blessings to the Choristers.
Deaconess Nottidge however reminded the organizers of the need to practice love, describing it as key to all human challenges.
She commended them for the successful hosting of the event and urged them not to relent in the Father’s work.
Speaking during a telephone chat with our correspondent, National Chairman of the CNCF, Prophet Soki Wokoma expressed gratitude to God for the successful hosting of the event.
“I want to say that by the grace of the Father, we are highly impressed by the outing. The theme of the event is ‘Peace Built our Fatherland”. You will agree with me that the turn out was like what we had during the March of the Redeemed. It will be an annual event”.
Continuing, he challenged Choristers and all Brotherhood members to embrace peace, describing it as the only way to building “Our Fatherland”.
He further urged them to eschew hatred and bitterness, but embrace love as a sure way of attracting the blessings of God.
The highlights of the Occasion were a ‘Peace Match’ [procession] by over 13,000 Choristers round the Streets of Uyo, Special Choral renditions by the various Choirs, Inter Tribal Competition, launching for an Evangelical Bus and presentation of special Awards to some Choral Veterans and some outstanding Brethren who have contributed to the growth of the Choristers’ Fellowship.
Some of the beneficiaries include: the Bishop of Nigeria, His Lordship, Bishop Samuel Akpan, Dean of the BCS College of Bishops, Bishop Bassey Imowo, Pastor Mike Ntuk, former CNCF National Chairman, Apostle[Colonel] Solomon David, Bishop of Cross River State, Bishop Sam Inok, Apostle Anietie Akpan, Pastor Mong, among others. >>>> View Pictures